CARS.COM — The fuel-efficient 2018 BMW X3 gets an EPA-estimated 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined with its base engine, and I hit the highway mark on the dot after hundreds of miles across northern Illinois. And that’s despite adverse weather and passenger conditions (i.e., baby on board).
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BMW’s redesigned SUV won’t hit dealerships until November, but I logged 357.3 miles in an xDrive30i test car. The nomenclature signals the X3’s mainstream drivetrain, a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The trip was almost entirely highway miles, taking my family (two adults and a 3-month-old, plus a few weekend bags and a heavy stroller) west from the Chicago suburbs to northwest Illinois, then back east two days later. Pro tip for other parents: Infants cry too often for podcasts. Go with music.